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About us

We are one of the most distinguished centres of philosophy research in the United Kingdom. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 78.8% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our staff work in a wide range of fields and provide students with a philosophical education of the very highest academic quality. At BA and MA, our teaching is based on lectures and seminars. We also ensure that students receive detailed comments on a significant proportion of their written work. 

Our courses are designed to stimulate students to think for themselves about crucial topics in philosophy and its history. By study, analysis and criticism of philosophical texts and ideas, students will be equipped to develop and hone their own ideas and argumentative skills.

We are located in the centre of Bloomsbury within very easy reach of the Birkbeck Library, the Institute of Philosophy, and the Senate House which contains the University of London Library and where Aristotelian Society meetings are held. And we are a few minutes' walk from the British Library, and from the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Birkbeck Philosophy Society

Who we are

  • The Birkbeck Philosophy Society has always provided exciting opportunities for philosophical discussions and academic support to BA, MA and research students from the department and across the college.

What we do

  • We hold debates and weekly discussions about various philosophical issues, as well as organising speakers, socials and parties. Our aim is to enable philosophy students at Birkbeck to enhance the value of their academic studies through extramural activities and events. To this end, we encourage every philosophy student to become a member.

Where and when we meet

  • The Philosophy society meets every Thursday from 8.30pm to 10 pm. The meetings are announced weekly, where the relevant room number is confirmed. Due to meetings being virtual while teaching is online, you should refer to Twitter or Facebook for links to online sessions.

Our officers

  • President - Mark Seymour
  • MA Director - Tim Birtles
  • BA Director - Owan Leyshon
  • Tech - Paul Bellchamber

How to contact us